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329 E Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: (304) 624-5404
Fax: 304-623-3019
Robert Bates

Robert J. Bates

Sunday, August 17th, 1930 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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Robert Justus “Bob” Bates, 89, of Bridgeport, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 28, 2019. Bob was with his family at his most recent home at Maple Lake. Bob was born in Clarksburg, WV on August 17, 1930, the only child of Fred E. Bates and Willa Riggs Bates.

Bob spent many summers as a young boy at Maple Lake, with his uncle, aunt, and cousins; and was a proud “frog boy” for the July 4th flotilla parades in those wonder years. Bob also learned how to fly model airplanes at Maple Lake, where he developed his passion for aviation. As a child, Bob would compete in model airplane competitions and was WV State Model Airplane Champion, winning the title and trophy four times. Bob was a licensed private pilot later in life.

Bob graduated from Washington Irving High School, class of 1948. He graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1953. At WVU, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, a member of ROTC, Scabbard and Blade, Arnold Air Society, and WVU Emeritus Club.

After graduation from WVU, Bob worked for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA. He then served in the United States Air Force as 1st Lt. Upon leaving the Air Force, Bob was employed by General Electric (GE) heavy Military Electronics, based in Syracuse, New York. Bob worked for GE in Turkey, Greenland, and Alaska, as well as Myrtle Beach, SC (the spot where he would meet the love of his life). Ultimately, Bob would relocate to Huntsville, AL, where he worked for the GE Apollo Support Department, Saturn 5, and the Apollo 11 Mission.

In the mid 1970’s, Bob returned to West Virginia where he was employed by WVU Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) System as Maintenance Manager, Assistant Director, and Director for 21 years. Bob ultimately retired as WVU Transportation Director.

A devout Christian, Bob was raised in the Clarksburg Baptist Church and later became a member of Cheat Lake Community Church in Morgantown. He and his wife, Dana were part-time residents of Surfside Beach, SC since 1962.

Robert is survived by the love of his life, Dana Hurst Bates; daughter Trudy Bates Doolittle, husband Don, granddaughter Megan Doolittle, grandson Joey Doolittle of Lancaster, PA; daughter Holly Bates Morris, husband Steve Morris of Bridgeport, WV, grandson Zachary Henry of Morgantown, and step-grandchildren Tyler and Houston Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Willa Bates of Clarksburg, and step-grandson Auston Morris of Morgantown.

The Bates family is profoundly grateful to Arlene, Heather, Laura and Debbie for their compassion, love and unwavering care over the past few years. You will always be a part of our family. The family also thanks Amedisys Hospice for their support and care over the final days of Bob’s life.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home 329 E. Main Street Clarksburg, WV on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 4 until 7pm. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10am. Interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery. Online condolences, www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bates Family during this time.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Davis-Weaver Funeral Home
    Address
    329 E Main Street
    CLARKSBURG, WV 26301
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Davis-Weaver Funeral Home
    Address
    329 E Main Street
    CLARKSBURG, WV 26301
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  • Interment

    Location
    Bridgeport Cemetery
    Address
    P.O. Box 1310
    BRIDGEPORT, WV 26330
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Dorothy Skidmore

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We send you our most heartfelt condolences. Trudy took flute lessons from me and did very well.
May God comfort you in your sorrow and give you peace.

Dorothy and Bill Skidmore
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Bob and Romana Hurst

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We are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. We are sorry that our health keeps us from being there with you. Love, Bob, Romana, and family.
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